LAWSG025A Jurisprudence and Legal Theory A

Credit value: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS, 150 learning hours)
Convenor: George Letsas
Other Teachers: Kevin Toh,
Kate Greasley
Teaching Delivery: 10 x 2-hour weekly seminars, Term One
Who may enrol: Any UCL Master’s student
Prerequisites: None, although a background in analytic jurisprudence (or political philosophy) is highly desirable
Must not be taken with: LAWSG025: Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
Qualifying module for: LLM in Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
Introductory video Currently there is no introductory video for this module
Practice Assessment: Opportunity for feedback on one optional practice essay per term
Final Assessment: One 3,000-word essays (100%)
Module Overview
Module summary:

The module provides the opportunity for rigorous study of selected topics in analytical and normative Anglo-American jurisprudence. Extended consideration is given to the nature of law and also to the relation between law and values such as liberty and equality. Both contemporary and also fundamentally important classical contributions are studied.


  • To raise critical awareness of major issues in legal and political theory in the Anglo-American tradition
  • to develop their critical faculties by engaging in oral and written abstract argument about political and legal theory
  • to develop their analytical faculties by identifying and resolving philosophical arguments
  • to theorize about particular areas of law and their moral foundations
Module syllabus:

The module covers central issues in general jurisprudence: command theory of law, contemporary legal positivism, legal interpretivism, the authority of law and legal interpretation

Recommended materials:

  • HLA Hart The Concept of Law (3rd edition)
  • Ronald Dworkin, Law’s Empire

Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, available at the beginning of term once students have enrolled.

Preliminary reading:

  • Scott Shapiro, Legality (Harvard University Press)